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Outstanding New Collection of 16 Autograph Letters Given to the MHS by Anonymous Donor

Dating from 1803 to 1823, the collection includes previously unknown letters written by James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Dolley Madison as well as letters by Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Elbridge Gerry, and James Sullivan.   An anonymous donor recently gave an outstanding collection of letters to the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS). Of the 16 letters, 14 were written to William Eustis, a physician and statesman, and two were exchanged between Caroline Eustis and Dolley Madison. Correspondents include Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, James Monroe, Dolley Madison, Elbridge Gerry, and the Marquis de Lafayette, among others. The letters pertain primarily to politics and include topics such as the Louisiana Purchase, foreign policy, the Burr Conspiracy, Jefferson’s Embargo Act of 1807, political ...

MHS New England Biography Series Features Political Strategist and Author Sidney Blumenthal

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 5:15 PM
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street, Boston The MHS will host journalist, political strategist, and author Sidney Blumenthal in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall on October 24, at 5:15 PM as part of its New England Biography Seminar series. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  Today it seems you can't run for president without first putting out a memoir or autobiography. But biographies of presidential candidates - and presidents - are nothing new. Veteran political strategist, Washington insider, and author of the highly acclaimed multi-volume The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Sidney Blumenthal, returns to Boston, ...

MHS Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The Massachusetts Historical Society’s (MHS) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second time that the MHS earned this top distinction in the last five years. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a ...

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Upcoming Events

Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar

Murder at the Manhattan Well: The Personal and the Political in the Election of 1800

19Nov 5:15PM 2019

In 1800, journeyman carpenter, Levi Weeks, was accused of murdering Guliema Sands, a young woman living in the same boarding house. Using the trial transcript, this paper ...

Conversation; Housing as History

Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past

20Nov 6:00PM 2019
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to ...

African American History Seminar

Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism

21Nov 5:15PM 2019

Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s ...

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This Week @MHS

Join us for a program this week! Here is a look at what is going on: - Tuesday, 29 January, 5:15 PM: Better Teaching through Technology, 1945-1969, with Victoria Cain, Northeastern ...

Founder to Founder

Like so many good stories here at the Historical Society, it began with a reference question. Jeremy Belknap, hunting through his sources, asked Vice President John Adams for some help. Belknap, the ...

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